Amarnath Yatra: Baltal route opens after three days
After remaining blocked for three days, the north Kashmir route to the Amarnath shrine was opened to pilgrimage on Monday.india Updated: Jul 20, 2015 20:34 IST
After remaining blocked for three days, the north Kashmir route to the Amarnath shrine was opened to pilgrimage on Monday.
"The yatra on the Baltal route that remained interrupted for the past nearly three days because of the blockage of the Srinagar- Sonamarg and the Sonamarg-Neelgrath roads due to torrential rains and massive landslides, has since resumed," Shri Amarnath Shrine Board chief executive officer PK Tripathi told governor NN Vohra, also chairman of the board, in Srinagar.
In the wake of 23 deaths of pilgrims reported on the twin routes in south and north Kashmir, the shrine board once again advised pilgrims to strictly follow the health advisory.
"Pilgrims should come fully prepared after achieving physical fitness before undertaking the pilgrimage. They should avoid exerting beyond their normal capacity, consume adequate quantities of carbohydrates to reduce fatigue and prevent low blood sugar levels and take time to acclimatise before commencing the Yatra," said the CEO.
Despite inclement weather in the past one week; 2,44,855 pilgrims had been able to pay obeisance at the holy Cave till Monday since June 2.
South Kashmir's Pahalgam route and north Kashmir's Sonamarg route is around 40 km and 14 km trek respectively. However, Sonamarg route is arduous than the Pahalgam trip.